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Detroit Chamber of Commerce

backbone / April Wagner / Spring 2003

April was commissioned to create a piece for the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce to commemorate their 100 year anniversary.

‘backbone’ was designed specifically to be located outside of the office of the Chamber’s Executive Director, in the One Woodward Building in Detroit, as it is seen in the picture. The colors used were in carrying with the preset theme of the celebration. The sculpture is made of 100 glass pieces, one to reflect each year of the Chamber’s existence. It was unveiled at a gala celebration at Henry Ford Greenfield Village in July 2003 where the sculpture and artists were recognized with praise and honor by local dignitaries such as Governor Granholm.

Inspiration for the sculpture came after researching the role of the Chamber in the community. April feels it is imperative that commissioned corporate sculptures embody the outstanding and intrinsic qualities which define the environment a sculpture is made to exist within. April interpreted those significant qualities of the Chamber to be similar to those of a backbone; a structure that exists to hold other elements in place, fragile and rigid, yet flexible and strong, growing and evolving, yet centered in a singular, uprising motion, with access to all. The structure of the sculpture was designed so that every 4 years another set of glass pieces could be added to increase its overall height.

The sculpture measures 30″l x 30″d x 5′ 6″h.